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Thanks for your query, George! I used OpenOffice Draw for these diagrams. I did them between six and eleven years ago, though. If I were to do a similar project now, I'd probably use Inkscape instead.

Damian Walker - 11:39, 02/01/2017 - Traditional Board Games Leaflets

Out of interest, what did you use to make the isometric diagrams?

George Pollard - 01:03, 26/12/2016 - Traditional Board Games Leaflets

The picture at the top of the page is of the ones I used to make. I don't reproduce museum photos here for copyright reasons, but if you do an image search on Google you'll find plenty of photos of the original in the British Museum.

Damian Walker - 06:12, 06/12/2016 - Royal Game of Ur

hello i need to know how it looks like i mean can u please explain how it looks like??????????????????????????????????????

question - 15:30, 05/12/2016 - Royal Game of Ur

Thanks for your reply, Josh! I haven't done such a list yet. One reason is that I avoid category 1 games, so the list wouldn't be complete. Another reason is that the list is subjective; many people put backgammon further into "luck" territory than I would.

The most impoortant reason is that, unlike the existing categories, I'd have to find the time to play all of the games to a reasonable level of skill myself in order to make a judgement. Some of the games I have found time to play fully have surprised me in their depth (or lack of it).

Damian Walker - 08:07, 12/11/2016 - Luck Versus Skill: a Sliding Scale

Hi Damian! Thanks for this blog and website, everything has been fascinating. I found this article looking to see if you had lists of games based on relative luck/skill, like you have other lists based on continent, for example.

My preference is definitely for category 4 with some leeway in either direction, although I'm fascinated by dice games myself.

I have been creating some wooden games of my own, largely based on your database here, and I was hoping to keep a good representation of different kinds of games. So now I'm most curious to know if you had ever compiled a list of the games on the site categorized by luck/strategy?

Josh - 15:29, 11/11/2016 - Luck Versus Skill: a Sliding Scale

Sadly not, Brett! It's only recently that cultures have started documenting their games. I think this one was first recorded about 1900 but it may be much older than that (and my books aren't with me at the moment so I'd even take that 1900 date with a grain of salt).

Damian Walker - 17:41, 13/10/2016 - Horseshoe

NO DATE WHEN IT WAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brett - 16:31, 13/10/2016 - Horseshoe

CAZAR LA LIEBRE  would be the name, dont speak a spanish word?¿? you should be studying a little ... 

julian - 12:40, 12/10/2016 - Catch the Hare Leaflet

I have many fun childhood memories playing this game.  It's nice to see it blogged about on this site despite the lack of historical evidence.

Liz Lam - 21:56, 10/10/2016 - Jungle Chess - a (Probably) Modern Game in the Traditional Style

I have played this game for some time and then I noticed that it gave a great advantage to a second player. I tried to change the rules a bit and now I use those:

1) placing of a replacement stone is done instead of actual move/capture, not before it

2) a player is not required to replace a stone after capture and may do it later

These rules are in line with other games from Western Africa and do not contradict the rules explained in "Travel sketches from Liberia" which is the rules source. Game became more playable as it does not give an obvious advantage to any of the players.

In house I add two more rules to make the game go faster:

3) player cannot do a move which is a mirror move to the previous one

4) capture is obligatory

You may try these rules as an alternative to the ones mentioned on the website.

Dmytro - 19:41, 06/10/2016 - The Queah Game

Actually, I have this game under the name Chatauranga.  It was a primer I used when teaching my daughter (at the time, 7) games, and specifically abstract games, like Chess.

Joe Pilkus - 18:10, 09/07/2016 - Four Handed Dice Chess Leaflet